Career Edge (C.Edge) internships
C.Edge is the Institute's most flexible internship program. It gives undergraduate students in eligible programs an opportunity to obtain a paid, one-term internship in a relevant field to better their transition to the workplace.
Along with a competitive edge when you're ready to join the workforce after graduation, there are many benefits of participating in the C.Edge program. They include the opportunity to:
- Learn how to strategically develop your career while earning an income
- Get support from our professional team in finding an internship in your field
- Apply your academic learnings in a "real world" work environment
- Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities
- Develop important personal and professional skills
All internships must:
- Be paid, full-time positions (minimum 35 hrs./week) that are relevant to your program of study
- Start in September, January or May and last between 12 to 17 weeks
- Not be supervised by a family member
"Completing the one internship program allowed me to apply the knowledge I have learned in my undergrad to the real world. I was able to learn so much working hands-on in the lab and overall it was a great experience that helped determine what career path is best for me."
– Leandro Cedeno, Biochemistry
"My internship helped me develop many skills that they can’t teach you in class but are invaluable for a professional engineer, like rigorousness, autonomy and resourcefulness. It made me a lot more valuable on the professional market and was a decisive factor for receiving multiple offers and landing a great job!"
– Thierry St-Arnaud, Computer Engineering
"Thanks to the internship program I spent a whole summer working with a friendly and amazing team. They helped me overcome challenges and guided me throughout the internship. It was a marvellous professional experience!"
– Aida Baitassova, Biochemistry
Eligibility for students
Admission to the Institute is a competitive process. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entrance into the Institute's programs. Before applying students must:
- Have at least 60 credits remaining at the time of application.
- Be part-time or full-time during their study terms (international students refer to international student policies below)
- Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for GCS and FAS (3.3 for Political science), and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 for JMSB.
- Be registered in a Concordia University undergraduate academic program which has a C.Edge option, such as:
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- English (Professional Writing minor only)
- Irish Studies
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Political Science
- Sociology and Anthropology
- Design and Computation Arts
- All programs, except Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering**
* GCS students cannot schedule an internship during the capstone project and must have satisfied the school’s writing skills requirement prior to the internship.
Get formal acceptance into the Institute
Attend Institute Welcome Orientation and Program Orientation sessions
Complete training modules on internship and career success
Participate in ongoing employer events and industry visits for the duration of each student's membership in the Institute
• Complete at least two study terms as a member of the Institute.
• During your second study term (at the earliest), secure an internship for your third term (or later).
• Successfully complete internship and required learning activities
NOTE: Prior to the work term students must apply to, interview for, and be hired for an internship.
- Must undertake a minimum of 2 study semesters (once enrolled at the Institute) prior to their internship semester
- Students must have completed a minimum of 45 Concordia credits (36 credits for chemistry/biochemistry), not including ECP (Extended Credit Program) and MEP (Mature Entry Program) credits before the internship begins
- Students must be physically located in Montreal in the semester prior to their internship in order to attend interviews with employers (i.e., you cannot be on exchange or travel)
- The Institute will fully support your internship search, but participants are ultimately responsible for taking all the steps required for securing an internship.
- Students are responsible for paying Institute fees
- Internship terms are assigned at admission and cannot be changed. Once admitted, you may contact your coordinator if you have a valid medical or academic reason for changing your internship term
- Students are responsible for their academic progress (e.g., course selection)
- Students cannot renege an accepted internship offer. A student that refuses to undertake the internship will be immediately withdrawn and will receive a Fail on their transcript
- Students may complete one internship only
- Students must complete all training, academic, reflective learning and Institute requirements as directed
- Students must return to an academic term during which they are taking only academic credits after the internship term, the last semester at the university cannot be on an internship
- Students may take one course during their internship with written permission of their employer; the course must not interfere with their internship
- Students who are not proficient in French must be willing to do an internship in regions where full French proficiency is not required
- The Institute must approve all internships and all employers
- Must be aware that the credits associated with their internship semester are complementary credits and do not contribute to the completion of their degree credits.
Note: Students are responsible for knowing the rules, regulations, policies and deadlines in the Undergraduate Calendar. The Institute is not responsible should students encounter any difficulties registering for academic courses, paying tuition and fees and/or applying for graduation.
- International students are required to be registered in a full-time course load during academic terms, regardless of the above policies. International students must always refer to the International Students Office for all questions regarding course registration requirements, immigration, work visa, student status, etc.
- International students will receive a letter of support from the Institute upon admission to the program in order to apply for their Co-op work permit. Students are responsible for completing the application process and obtaining the work permit as soon as possible
How to apply
Applications to join C.Edge are reviewed once a year in February (winter admission).
Applications to join C.Edge are currently closed.
Applications for admission to C.Edge will resume on January 23, 2023 and close on February 12, 2023.
Students will be advised of their admission status within 10 business days after the closure of application period. Admission is highly competitive, and admission is not guaranteed regardless of academic performance.
To submit your application:
You must use your student email account, log in to Office 365 and select your faculty below.
- Incomplete/late email submissions will not be considered
- The Institute is unable to reply to individual emails regarding the status of an application. Decisions will be sent via email at least 10 business days after the application deadline
- This is a competitive program. Simply meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission.